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Friday, December 31, 2010

An Afternoon With the Fam

Sure have been enjoying the holidays with my family..

The other day, one of my sisters hosted a family celebration for little Max.

My sister sure does know how to throw a party...

The vintage baby decor came out.

A reflection of Adeline, Judy and Emma

And the stars and moon glowed.

Oh, the food was so scrumptious.

And so was the dessert (does dessert count as "food"?).

A vintage "Bambi" in the center of a raspberry adorned cheesecake.

Max was showered with so much love ...

Four generations...how cool is that?

Sweet "lunar" babe.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Past and Present


pics from my past ...

and ones from the present

Hope this season finds you filled with much joy and happiness...

and with family gathered round.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Two Babes

Here is my first born daughter Christmas day the day we brought her home from the hospital.

Almost twenty eight years later, little Max, Sophie's first born son, the day before he goes home from the hospital. Do you see any resemblance? I sure do.
Introducing Max David Shoemaker

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Day In Room 6

Sunday night, after having a most delicious dinner at our house, Mrs. Shoe's water broke.
After a few hours, Mr. and Mrs. Shoe headed to the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital and she was admitted to Room 6.

After 16 hours of hard strong labor, Krista the most wonderful delivery nurse was assigned to Room 6. She was one awesome nurse!

Check out her cool shoes...

She prepared Max's bed and the tools for the doctors...

And helped Mrs. Shoe through two and one half hours of pushing ...

At the end, a team of women doctors swooped in...

And helped deliver my seven pound seven ounce twenty inch baby grandson at ten twenty-two on the twelfth month and twentieth day of the longest night of the the year under a most special eclipse of the moon...

Life is sweet.

Friday, December 17, 2010

A White Christmas

I like to decorate our living room in shades of white...

So, I've started with this arrangement...

Since it is rainy outside

I will spend the day....

clearing , decorating ...

and ushering in the spirit of Christmas.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Quilt for the Babe

A quilt for little baby Shoe... the front:
And the back:

Done. Finished.
Just in time to be given to the mom to be.
Here is Mrs. Shoe... cute as a button.
Oh... how I can't wait to meet that wee little babe.
Just a little more than two weeks to go.
I feel like a little kid
Anxiously awaiting the arrival of Christmas.

How about a bit of rockin'
And rolling...
So we can get that show on the road.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Our Family Tree

My parents have seven living children (six girls and one boy)

They are the grandparents of ten grandkids (four girls and six boys)

And the great grandparents of three (soon to be four) great grandchildren (one girl and three boys)

We set up this glowing Christmas tree in their family room adorned with pictures of their beloved clan.

I know I am a bit biased, but I have the best parents on the planet...

Friday, December 10, 2010


How are you with change?

No..no...not that kind of change!
I am talking about "the act, process, or result of altering or modifying"
You know, when you do something different.
Yesterday, I decided on a big change.
This change is something I haven't had for at least 45 years.
I was surprised how quickly I decided to go ahead with it.
For sometimes, change can be hard.
Since this change isn't permanent.
It can be fixed if it is really bad.
Are you intrigued?
Do you want to know what happened?
First I want someone in my family to notice...
I am waiting.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Are They Up Yet?

Have you decorated for Christmas ?
Maybe, a better question is, "Do you want to decorate?"
I am in a sorry state...
For this is how far I've gotten:
A stack of ornament boxes

A bare tree in its stand (no twinkly lights yet either)
And a wreath on the front door
(which I have been growing all summer...I love succulents)

So glad it is raining...
Perfect weather to decorate.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Domino Effect

It all started with this twin solid maple bed.

You might think this is just a plain ol' ordinary bed
Not to me. No siree.
This is one very special bed
For it is the bed I slept in as a young girl living in Palo Alto
It has an identical twin since it is part of a bunkbed set
When we moved to Los Altos my younger siblings slept in the bed
At one time or another, each of my three children slept in the bed
Since I have changed the "bedroom" into a sewing room
I needed to find a new home for the bed
It was just taking up too much space
I wanted it to go to a good family
So I asked Mr. and Mrs. Shoe
Remember the two will soon welcome a little Shoe
And the little guy would someday need a bed
When he graduates from a crib
But unfortunately no takers
They suggested I sell it on Craigslist
Little do they realize my sentimentality for this bed

My sister suggested that I move the bed into the larger bedroom
So I put Plan B into motion..
Before I could move the bed I had to first....
Empty the large bookcase in the larger bedroom
Move the large bookcase in the larger bedroom away from the wall
Then move the dresser to where the large bookcase used to be
Next take apart the bed and move it to where the dresser was
Then empty and move the small bookcase in the sewing room
Next move the large bookcase to where the small bookcase was
Then move the small bookcase next to the newly moved bed
Next move in the antique armoire given to me by another sister
And place it in the corner
Next move the doctor's cabinet from the kitchen
And place it next to the black/white enamel topped table
Move the teak drop leaf table to the opposite wall
And turn the large white IKEA armoire ninety degrees
Whew..more than a few drops of sweat on my brow
And a wee bit strain on the back
How about a peak of my sewing room now?
Drum roll please...

Check out the plentiful areas for storage
And the unimpeded space to cut, create and sew...
Just need to hook up the tune machine and the television
If you come by for a visit you'll hear some humming
And see some smokin' machines
And don't be a bit surprised if it is difficult to pry me outta here

Monday, December 6, 2010

It Finally Turned

The maple tree outside my front door
Has finally turned ablaze in red/orange.
Heavy rain is predicted
So I expect the tenaciously clinging leaves will be battered by the drops
And the branches will be bare by week's end.
My metal rake is standing on the sidelines
Ready to be put to work.
When we moved in 24 years ago, this tree had been heavily pruned and the top of the branches were just above the gutters on the house.
This is also the tree I had to climb (while 6 months pregnant) to reach a two year old son who had climbed up the tree and onto the roof.
I happened to see his little legs dangling off the roof . A bit scary.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Suitcase

Love the handle..they just don't make cases like this anymore.
The inside looks just as good as the outside considering how much it was used!

This is no ordinary suitcase.
This one is special.
My mother purchased a set of three before she was married...
Each providing good service for my family
Carrying all sorts of things.
Can you imagine the places it has been during its 63 years.....

on my parent's honeymoon
on the many business trips taken by my father
and on family vacations

One day my mother put the three cases out on the front porch
To be collected by the Goodwill
I happened to stop by for a visit
And saved just the one.
Oh how I wish I had retrieved all three!
It sits high on a shelf...in a special regal spot...
And now contains precious items from my past.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Pat On The Back

I am giving myself a pat on the back.
You see, I got myself off the couch
After working all day
And got my bod over to the pool
Did you hear that?
I donned a swimsuit at 8:30 PM
Dashed from the warm locker room
100 feet of nice chilly 48 degrees cold
And slid into the pool
(must I remind you... this is an outdoor pool)
The first 25 yards were a bit shocking to the system
But the remaining 1475 felt good
Don't you think I deserve a pat on the back?
Well, I think I do....
Thank you very much